I'm looking for a fairly cheap (bottom of the range) commuter for my girlfriend. She would like a hybrid for practicality on her rides to and from work, but not to spend much money. I'm in the UK so working in GBP.
Here are some examples I found after a quick search:
Raleigh Venture Ladies 2009: £150 ($250)
Raleigh Oakland 2009 Women's Hybrid Bike: £180 ($300).
Raleigh Pioneer Metro Ladies 2009: £213 ($350)
I couldn't find much apart from Raleigh at this price range. I saw some Falcons, but the frames looked pretty ugly.
I really don't know much about hybrids so if anyone has any pointers that would be great. I guess most of the frames at this price range will be equally bad? Is it worth trying to find particular components, e.g. 7-speed over 6-speed? EZfire vs Revoshift shifters? My mission is to find the best value for the low low price, I'm not expecting great quality but any advice on the lesser of the evils available would be much appreciated!